Molinière - Beauséjour MPA

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Chapter 4. ECOLOGICAL CRITERIA

(Guidelines and Criteria Section B/ Ecological Criteria) Nominated areas must conform to at least one of the eight ecological criteria. Describe how the nominated site satisfies one or more of the following criteria. (Attach in Annex any relevant supporting documents.)

Representativeness:


The MPA is a typical example of a spur and groove coral system that are found around the country of Grenada. The area includes a small mangrove system, seagrass beds and coral reefs which allows marine species to utilizes these critical habitats throughout their different life stages.

Conservation value:


The MPA protects and conserves all reef species within its boundaries via gear restrictions and managed access. The removal of any species of invertebrates is strictly prohibited. Small pelagics are removed only by beach seines in designated areas. Reef fish can only be removed by fishing from the rocks (i.e. traditional fishing method).

Critical habitats:


The MPA consists of three major beaches (Flamingo Bay, Beausejour Bay and Dragons Bay) that are utilized for nesting by threatened and/or endangered species of marine turtle (i.e. D. coriacea, E. Imbricata & C. mydas). The Coral reefs also provides critical habitats for threatenes and/or endangered species of corals and invertebrates (e.g. S. gigas)

Diversity:


The MPA is home to a wide variety of marine species including fish, corals and turtles that are endangered.